Community and Events
2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte: Sept. 28-Oct. 4
The 2014 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 4 at the Olympic Training Center. The competition for wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans was created in 2010 by the U.S. Olympic Committee, in partnership with the Department of Defense and United Service Organizations. The annual event aims to create competitive sports opportunities for injured service members, while increasing awareness about the impact and need to create sustainable physical activity programs for thousands of injured members of the Armed Forces at the community level.
More than 200 service members and veterans are expected to compete in seven sports – archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball – over the six-day event. Five teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command will select their own rosters, to each include 40 athletes.
The Marine Corps has won the Commander’s Cup, awarded to the team with the most overall points, for four straight years.
Most competitions are free and open to the public. The complete competition schedule will be available soon at USParalympics.org.
In addition to the 12 resident sport programs, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center also hosts three community programs for men's gymnastics, fencing and judo.
The community program for men’s gymnastics has been operating at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center since 1998 and has helped connect the local community to the Olympic sport of men's gymnastics. This program has sent more than 25 gymnasts to the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships, while also producing five junior national team members.
Additionally, the program’s emphasis on academic success has resulted in more than 10 gymnasts receiving scholarships to NCAA Division I programs and has produced more than 20 Academic All Americans, recognized through USA Gymnastics’ Junior Olympic Academic All American awards.
To learn more about the program, contact Vitaly Marinitch at email@example.com or (719) 337-1579.
This community program introduces young athletes to the Olympic sport of fencing. Go to summitepee.com for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
The community program for Judo was designed to foster self-esteem in children, ages 5 and older through the fun, vigorous and mentally stimulating Olympic sport of Judo. While belt promotion offers a unique sense of pride and accomplishment, the program also encourages teamwork and growth in areas outside of sport, including community service and academics.
Participants are mentored by head coach Eddie Liddie, a 1984 bronze medalist and five-time Olympic coach, and a team of Olympians and national champions.
Please contact Tammie Liddie at Tammie.email@example.com or (719) 232-2742 for more information.
The OTC 50-meter training pool is available for rental by organized local aquatic sport teams. Please contact OTCrequests@usoc.org for rental rates and process information.
Learn the Velodrome
Learn the basic fundamentals to track cycling from USA Cycling coaches and elite athletes. This introductory course will teach beginners track etiquette and safety and everything you need to know about getting started in the sport. Your investment of $150 includes four mandatory sessions, which are required for beginner certification. Sessions are conducted weekly on Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Visit the OTC Velodrome Facebook page for the most up-to-date schedule.
Motor Pacing Endurance
Explore the fundamentals of motor pacing and endurance training with elite track cycling coach Mark Tyson. Held Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m., classes are $20 per session ($30 for non-Velodrome members).
Advanced skill classes are offered Sundays on a rotating schedule from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Visit the OTC Velodrome Facebook page for the most up-to-date monthly calendar.
Interested participants must have a current USA Cycling license. Sessions are open weekly at the following times:
Tuesdays: 3-7 p.m.
Thursdays: 3-8 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sundays: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Community racing is open every Tuesday from May 27-Aug. 12. Registration opens at 5 p.m., with racing to begin at 7 p.m.